Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1994

"On balance, this is a substantial contribution to the disciplines of Jewish studies, history, and historiography."
These 26 essays and two short reviews display the considerable erudition of one of this century's leading scholars of ancient history, Momigliano (1908-87) taught at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, as well as at the University of London and the University of Chicago, and these essays show his impressive scholarly range not only in history, but in such related disciplines as philology and sociology. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Torrance's book is remarkable for the wealth of fascinating detail drawn from so many cultures."
Torrance (Comparative Literature/ Univ. of California, Davis) illuminates the human search for the transcendent in tribal religion and 20th-century thought. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Although the trip chronicled was undoubtedly meaningful for the author and will appeal to New Age seekers, it will leave others cold. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A vivid account of one woman's pilgrimage to the shrines and sacred sites of the New Age quickly degenerates into pop psychology and pseudo-profundities. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1994

"An overanalyzed, underdeveloped exercise in biography whose several significant contributions would have made a fine article in an academic journal."
A rambling oral history pasted together from interviews with a rambling philologist and professor of Jewish studies. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1994

"A highly entertaining personal account of one man's surprising journey into the mystical heart of Judaism."
A personal journey of Jewish spiritual renewal in dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Read full book review >

STALIN AGAINST THE JEWS by Arkady Vaksberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1994

"One hopes that a more comprehensive and comprehensible retelling of this story will become available soon."
Given the importance of its subject, relatively unexplored, and the talents of its author (The Prosecutor, 1991), this must be judged a major disappointment. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"An essential one-volume read for the layman or undergraduate."
A richly documented short history of the Warsaw Ghetto by Gutman (History/Hebrew University), who is a death-camp survivor and the director of the research center at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"A timely study that, as the author says, offers more interesting questions than simple answers."
Psychoanalyst Strozier (History/John Jay College/CUNY; Lincoln's Quest for Union—not reviewed) probes the minds of ``end- time believers'' to investigate a growing religious trend that he sees as one response to a widespread sense of ultimate threat. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 19, 1994

"Hard to put down, well written, and thought-provoking, but Viney can't quite handle the metaphysical questions his study raises."
A British writer and investigator of the occult (Unnatural Causes, 1991) argues that death is not extinction and that the doctrines of karma and reincarnation are true. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 14, 1994

"Stranger at the Gate is likely to provoke useful dialogue among mainstream Christians and to offer unsentimental hope and comfort to many who are struggling to reconcile homosexual desires with hostile, yet deeply valued, religious traditions."
White, an evangelical minister and former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other prominent leaders of the religious right, here describes his half-century-long struggle to accept himself as a gay Christian. Read full book review >
THE GOD I BELIEVE IN by Joshua O. Haberman
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 1994

"That said, however, the interviews are still inherently interesting."
A disappointing example of an interesting idea casually executed, as Haberman, former senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., and teacher of Jewish philosophy at several universities, interviews prominent Jews on their ideas of God and spirituality. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 1994

"Sadly, this lively book does not take us up to the 1980's, but Moore is a historian, not a journalist, and her story gives modern continuity to the Diaspora."
A lucid account of American Jewry's second great migration- -from the old, cold cities of the Northeast and Midwest to the sunny new Edens of Los Angeles and Miami. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >